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Psalms 36:7

    Psalms 36:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    How precious is thy lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    How good is your loving mercy, O God! the children of men take cover under the shade of your wings.

    Webster's Revision

    How precious is thy lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.

    World English Bible

    How precious is your loving kindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    How precious is thy lovingkindness, O God! and the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 36:7

    How excellent is thy loving-kindness - He asks the question in the way of admiration; but expects no answer from angels or men. It is indescribably excellent, abundant, and free; and, "therefore, the children of Adam put their trust under the shadow of thy wings." They trust in thy good providence for the supply of their bodies; they trust in thy mercy for the salvation of their souls. These, speaking after the figure, are the two wings of the Divine goodness, under which the children of men take refuge. The allusion may be to the wings of the cherubim, above the mercy-seat.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 36:7

    How excellent - Margin, as in Hebrew: "precious." The word used here is one that would be applicable to precious stones 1 Kings 10:2, 1 Kings 10:10-11; or to the more costly kind of stones employed in building, as marble 2 Chronicles 3:6; and then, anything that is "costly" or "valuable." The meaning is, that the loving-kindness of God is to be estimated only by the value set on the most rare and costly objects.

    Is "thy loving-kindness - Thy mercy. The same word is used here which occurs in Psalm 36:5, and which is there rendered "mercy." It is not a new attribute of God which is here celebrated or brought into view, but the same characteristic which is referred to in Psalm 36:5. The repetition of the word indicates the state of mind of the writer of the psalm, and shows that he delights to dwell on this; he naturally turns to this; his meditations begin and end with this. While he is deeply impressed by the "faithfulness," the "righteousness," and the "judgment" of God, still it is His "mercy" or His "loving-kindness" that is the beginning and the ending of his thoughts; to this the soul turns with ever new delight and wonder when reflecting on the character and the doings of God. Here our hope begins; and to this attribute of the Almighty, when we have learned all else that we can learn about God, the soul turns with ever new delight.

    Therefore - In view of that mercy; or because God is a merciful God. It is not in his "justice" that we can take refuge, for we are sinners, but the foundation of all our hope is his mercy. A holy creature could fly to a holy Creator for refuge and defense; he who has given himself to Him, and who has been pardoned, can appeal to his "faithfulness;" but the refuge of a sinner, as such, is only his "mercy;" and it is only to that mercy that he can flee.

    The children of men - literally, "the sons of man;" that is, the human race, considered as descended from their great ancestor, or as one family. The meaning is not that all the children of men actually do thus put their trust in the mercy of God - for that is not true; but:

    (a) all may do it as the children of men, or as men; and

    (b) all who do "put their trust under the shadow of his wings" confide in His mercy alone, as the ground of their hope.

    Under the shadow of thy wings - As little, helpless birds seek protection under the wings of the mother-bird. See the notes at Matthew 23:37; compare Deuteronomy 32:11-12.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 36:7

    36:7 Loving - kindness - Though all thine attributes be excellent, yet, above all, thy mercy is most excellent, or precious and amiable.